16th June 2009
all credits: Birmingham Mail
An inquest into the death of a Birmingham father who died after being arrested by police has been delayed again. The hearing is now expected to take place in November, when more than six years will have passed since the death of 38-year-old Michael Powell.
The dad-of-three died after being detained outside his mother’s home in Wilton Street, Lozells, in September 2003.
A trial in 2006 saw ten police officers, including an inspector and a sergeant, acquitted of using excessive force during a criminal trial at Leicester Crown Court.
But Mr Powell’s family have continued to demand answers about how he died. The inquest has now been postponed five times.
The cost to the taxpayer for the court case and paying the officers while they were suspended on full salary for three years was estimated to be more than £7million.
A spokesman for Birmingham Coroner’s Court said the latest delay was due to legal representatives requesting more information be disclosed.
It is now scheduled to begin on 4th November 2009.